Following China’s adoption of a controversial national security law in Hong Kong that came into force on June 30, 2020, Canada committed to taking action and standing up for the people of Hong Kong. Aligned with a whole-of-government approach, this measure aims to attract educated Hong Kong youth to Canada, where it is expected that their human capital and international experience will contribute to Canada’s economic, social, and cultural fabric. At the same time, Canada’s response demonstrates its solidarity with other like-minded allies, and its robust support for, and defence of, democratic values.
Therefore, I hereby establish, pursuant to my authority under section 25.2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (the Act), that there are sufficient public policy considerations that justify the granting of exemptions from the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (the Regulations) listed below to foreign nationals who meet the conditions (eligibility requirements) set out below.
Accordingly, this public policy will allow for the issuance of open work permits to eligible residents of Hong Kong, whether they are in Canada or abroad, for a period of up to three years. Eligible family members may also be issued an open work permit.
Based on public policy considerations, delegated officers may grant an exemption from the requirements of the Regulations identified if:
A. For foreign nationals who meet the conditions listed in 1:
B. For foreign nationals who meet the conditions listed in 2:
C. For foreign nationals who meet the conditions listed in 3:
Foreign nationals eligible under this public policy are subject to all other legislative obligations and admissibility and selection criteria not exempted under this, or another, public policy.
This public policy takes effect on February 8, 2021 and expires on February 7, 2023.
This public policy applies only to applications received on or after the day it comes into effect.
Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Dated at Ottawa, this day 1st of Feb 2021
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